Today, Hewlett Packard announced the HP Compaq 2210b/CT, a new “convertible” ultraportable laptop (it can switch between Tablet PC and laptop form factors with a swiveling screen). Initially it is geared towards the Japanese market, and should ship by the end of this month. Availability outside of Japan is unknown at this time.
On paper, it seems simliar to the HP Compaq 2710p, however while it has a 12.1″ widescreen touchscreen display and is based on Intel’s Santa Rosa chipset, it does utilize Intel Celeron and Intel Core 2 Duo (T7100 and T7500) CPUs (the 2710p uses Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) CPUs). It uses the integrated Mobile Intel Â® Graphic Media Accelerator X3100 (GMA) chipset.
It is also cosmetically different than the HP Compaq 2710p.
Without the internal optical drive, it weighs in at around 3.7 pounds. With the internal optical drive, it’s just over 4.1 pounds. The standard 4-cell battery gives the 2210b up to 4 hours of battery life, while the 8-cell ultra-slim battery gives it up to 7.8 hours (depending on usage).